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TitleUnderstanding Social Dynamics in South Asia [electronic resource] : Essays in Memory of Ramkrishna Mukherjee / edited by Partha Nath Mukherji, N. Jayaram, Bhola Nath Ghosh
ImprintSingapore : Springer Singapore : Imprint: Springer, 2019
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Descript XVII, 280 p. 9 illus., 5 illus. in color. online resource


This volume includes fourteen essays by eminent sociologists in memory of Ramkrishna Mukherjee (1919–2017), the last of the founding architects of sociology in India. It also includes two interviews with Ramkrishna Mukherjee by senior sociologists. The essays cover a variety of themes and topics close to the works of Ramkrishna Mukherjee: the idea of unitary social science, methodology of social research, the question of facts and values, rural society and social change, social mobility, family and gender, and nationalism. In the two interviews included here Mukherjee clarifies his intellectual trajectory as well as issues of methodology and methods in social research. Overall, this volume endorses his emphasis on the need for social researchers to transcend the ‘what’ and ‘how’ to ‘why’ in the pursuit of sociological knowledge. The volume is a valuable addition to the history of sociology in India. Students of sociology and other social sciences will find it useful as a book of substantive readings on social dynamics; those researching the social world will find in it a useful guide to issues in designing and execution of social research projects


PART I – REMEMBERING THE SCHOLAR AND HIS SCHOLARSHIP -- 1. Remembering Ramkrishna Mukherjee Partha Nath Mukherji and N. Jayaram -- 2. Ramkrishna Mukherjee: An Accomplished Academic Amphibian T. K. Oommen -- PART II – PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY -- 3. Unitary Social Science: An Idea and its Prospects N. Jayaram -- 4. Fact–Value Relations in Ramkrishna Mukherjee’s Contributions E. Hari Babu -- 5. Sociology of Ramkrishna Mukherjee: An Introspection Biswajit Ghosh -- PART III – RURAL SOCIETY AND DECENTRALISATION -- 6. Caste, Economy, and Political Power: Changing Rural Bihar Gaurang R. Sahay -- 7. Dynamics of Social Mobility in an Emerging Knowledge Society: Reflections from Rural India Debal Singha-Roy -- 8. How Democratic is Decentralisation: A Study of West Bengal Panchayat Elections of 2008 Partha Nath Mukherji -- PART IV – FAMILY AND GENDER RELATIONS -- 9. Family Matters in India: A Sociological Understanding Ravinder Kaur -- 10. Women’s Autonomy and Spousal Violence: An Analysis of NFHS-3 Data Bhola Nath Ghosh and Samba Siva Rao Pasupuleti -- PART V – SOCIAL CHANGE AND SOCIAL MOBILITY -- 11. Social Change in India: Revisiting Ramkrishna Mukherjee Surendra Munshi -- 12. Some Unity in Diversity: Analysing Social Change and Mobility Staffan Lindberg -- 13. Ecological Changes and Underdevelopment of North-eastern Bihar in Historical Perspective Hetukar Jha -- 14. The Neoliberal Transformation of Bangladesh Class Structure and Contemporary National Identity Mahabub Ahmed -- PART VI – CONVERSATIONS WITH RAMKRISHNA MUKHERJEE -- 15. On Methodology of Social Research: Conversations with Ramkrishna Mukherjee Partha Nath Mukherji and Chandan Sengupta -- 16. Ramkrishna Mukherjee in conversation with Anjan Ghosh Anjan Ghosh -- Bibliography: Works by and on Ramkrishna Mukherjee Bhola Nath Ghosh

Economic development Asia-History Sociological Theory. Regional Development. History of South Asia.


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